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  • 02Jun

    Black Sheep's Dres and Native Tongues

    From AllHipHop

    One month out from the release of a new album, Black Sheep’s Dres surprised fans this week with a Native Tongues reunion single entitled “Birds of a Feather.”

    The song was released yesterday and features founding Native Tongues members Dave (Trugoy) of De La Soul, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, and Mike Gee of the Jungle Brothers.

    The Tough Junkie produced track represents the first collaboration with founding members since 2004, when N*E*R*D* released a “Native Tongues Remix” to “She Wants to Move” with Common, Mos Def, De La Soul, and Q-Tip.

    In 2007 Native Tongues affiliate artists Monie Love and Chip Fu (Fu Schnickens) were featured along with Mike Gee and Dres on Nas’ all-star 90’s “Where Are They Now Remix.”

    “It’s a long time coming,” Dres explained, referencing the latest track. “’Birds of a Feather’ represents the beauty and strength of kinship and unity. It’s even greater when your family is dope.”

    Although never recording a super group album, the Native Tongues were one of the premier collectives of the early to mid 90s. Conceptualized following a Boston show, the Native Tongues were influential in molding what later became known as “conscious Hip-Hop” by addressing many social issues including race, poverty, and sexuality.

    Sonically, the founding members revolutionized Hip-Hop by incorporating diverse sampling sources beyond traditional funk and soul breaks (De La Soul), experimentation with Jazz (A Tribe Called Quest) , and House music (The Jungle Brothers) .

    Along with numerous seminal albums [Low End Theory, 3 Feet High and Rising, Straight Out the Jungle), the Native Tongues are also known for the classic single “Buddy.”

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